Ron Howard To Return To Acting In Arrested Development

Access Hollywood
Ron Howard visits Access Hollywood Live on August 17, 2012 -- Access Hollywood

"Arrested Development" fans, rejoice!

Ron Howard, executive producer/narrator of the fan-favorite TV comedy, will make his return to acting (after a lengthy award-winning break as a director/producer) in the show's upcoming fourth season.

PLAY IT NOW: Dish Of Salt: Will Arnett Talks New ‘Arrested Development’ Episodes Coming To Netflix

"I would kind of like to act again -- in fact, I don't think I'm giving away too much to say I'm going to wind up on camera in the new 'Arrested Development' episodes," Ron revealed to Kit Hoover and guest co-host Donny Deutsch on Friday's Access Hollywood Live.

While the decorated director -- who earned Hollywood prominence at the tender age of 6 (playing Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show") -- is excited to get back to his acting roots, the 58-year-old star admitted he's a bit anxious about getting back in front of the camera.

VIEW THE PHOTOS: Through The Years: TV’s Favorite Families

"I'm a little nervous. I have to shoot my first scene [for 'Arrested Development'] next week and I realized it's been really a hell of a long time since I memorized any dialogue," he said. "I've become very used to being the one sitting [with my] arms folded in judgment and suddenly I'll be back out there!"

Ron's daughter, "The Help" star Bryce Dallas Howard, offered to assist her father with preparation for the role.

"[Bryce] said, 'You know, Dad, if you wanna run lines, come on by!'" he said with a laugh.

VIEW THE PHOTOS: Hollywood Dads & Their Adorable Little Ones!

The father-daughter duo is currently working together for year two of Canon's Project Project Imaginat10n - where Ron will produce a film based on user-submitted photos, and Bryce will direct.

As for whether Ron will ever direct his daughter in a film, he said he's not sure he's ready for the complications which may arise when dad and director duties are joined together in a work environment.

VIEW THE PHOTOS: They’re In The Biz: Celebrity Offspring Following In Their Parents’ Footsteps

"People are always asking, 'When will you direct Bryce?'... Of course I want to, but my joke reaction is to say, 'I've never in my career had an actor or actress roll their eyes at me when they get directed,'" he joked. "And I'm just a little concerned [eye-rolling] is hard-wired into our relationship!"

For more information on how you can submit photos for Project Project Imaginat10n - head to

"Arrested Development" Season 4 will be released on Netflix early next year.

-- Erin O'Sullivan

Copyright 2012 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.